Texas A&M’s Aiple Will Forego Her Senior Year Due To Chronic Back Pain

  0 Carly DeMarque | January 25th, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, News, SEC

Stephanie Aiple, one of the most decorated players in Texas A&M history, is currently in the process of applying for a medical exemption from the SEC and will forego her senior season due to chronic back pain. Aiple has endured her back pain since high school.

“Ever since I started having pain, doctors told me my back pain will always be with me,” said Aiple. “They said, ‘We’ll do whatever we can, but basically you are going to have to deal with this for the rest of your life,’ so that’s scary. I even debated with my parents on whether or not to play in college.”

Aiple was the 2015 SEC Player of the Year, leading the Aggies to the SEC championship as a sophomore. She is the first player in Texas A&M history to receive AVCA All-America distinction three times, named as an AVCA Honorable Mention three consecutive years. Aiple will end her career ranked fifth in Aggie career records with 3,413 assists.

I love playing volleyball, and I am so glad I decided to play for Texas A&M,” said Aiple, who is currently recovering from a non-volleyball related hip injury suffered last summer, which intensified throughout last season. “It was all worth it for me because I was so happy and loved what I was doing, but I was in so much pain and I just can’t put myself through another year of hurting so much. It was a really tough decision because volleyball has been a part of my family for so many years, but after long conversations we decided as a family that it was best for me and my body to not play anymore.”

In the past season, Aiple led the Aggies to a 21-9 record, bringing the team to their sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship tournament.

Aiple dished out an average of 10.85 assists per set, directing the Aggie offense that ranked 11th in the nation and second in the SEC with 14.39 kills per set. She played in all matches of the 2016 season, aside from two sets, leading A&M to a .259 hitting percentage, the eighth highest team season hitting percentage in program history.

At the end of the 2016 campaign, head coach Laurie Corbelli presented both Aiple and middle blocker Jazzmin Babers with the team’s Most Valuable Player award. It was the second consecutive season that Aiple earned both team MVP and All-SEC Team honors.

In 2015, Aiple was voted as the SEC Player of the Year, becoming the second Texas A&M player and the first Aggie underclassman the earn conference player of the year honors. That season, she also garnished six SEC Setter of the Week honors and a two-time SEC Player of the Week selection as a sophomore.

Aiple entered her college playing career, becoming the most decorated freshmen in Aggie history. She was named as an AVCA Honorable Mention All-America and the second Aggie to be named AVCA Region Freshman of the Year. Also, being the only Aggie to be named ESPNW national player of the week, leading A&M to victories over #6 USC and #13 San Diego. Aiple was named a three-time SEC Freshman Player of the Week.

“On behalf of Texas A&M volleyball, we want to thamk Stephanie for the three years in which she shared her amazing talent with us,” Corbelli said. “We wish her well in all her future endeavors and hope that everything she dreams for comes true.”

Aiple is majoring in recreations, park and tourism sciences, aspiring to be an events coordinator following her expected May 2018 graduation.

Aiple’s Career Stats:

Season    SP  MP      K    K/S      E      TA     Pct          A        A/S    SA    SA/S    SE    DIG    D/S    RE    BS     BA      TB      B/S    BE   BHE    Points Pts/S
2014      104    28    84   0.81    34    193   .259    1119     10.76    15     0.14    18    200   1.92      0      1      44      45     0.43      7      11     122.0 1.17
2015      100    29    73   0.73    24    156   .314    1144     11.44      8     0.08    17    189   1.89      0      1      59      60     0.60      6      15     111.5 1.11
2016      106    30  103   0.97    35    220   .309    1150     10.85      6     0.06    14    188   1.77      0      3      76      79     0.75      6      13     150.0 1.42
TOTAL   310    87  260   0.84    93    569   .293    3413     11.01    29     0.09    49    577   1.86      0      5    179    184     0.59    19      39     383.5     1.24

Aiple’s Honors

2016 (Junior)

  • AVCA Honorable Mention All-America
  • PrepVolleyball.com Honorable Mention All-American
  • AVCA All-South Region Team
  • All-SEC Team
  • Preseason All-SEC Team
  • Texas A&M MVP
  • espnW “12 to Watch” List
  • North Texas Challenge All-Tournament Team

2015 (Sophomore)

  • SEC Player of the Year
  • AVCA Honorable Mention All-America
  • PrepVolleyball.com All-American Honorable Mention
  • AVCA All-South Region Team
  • All-SEC Team
  • Texas A&M MVP
  • 2-time SEC Player of the Week (11/2, 11/30)
  • 6-time SEC Setter of the Week (10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/23, 11/30)
  • PrepVolleyball.com Setter of the Week (9/8)
  • PrepVolleyball.com College Aces: No. 8 Setter

2014 (Freshman)

  • AVCA Honorable Mention All-America
  • AVCA All-South Region Team
  • AVCA South Region Freshman of the Year
  • SEC All-Freshman Team
  • Texas A&M Co-Best Offensive Player Award
  • ESPNW National Player of the Week (9/17)
  • 3-time SEC Freshman Player of the Week (9/8, 9/15, 11/24)
  • USC Classic All-Tournament Team
  • Ohio/Baymont Inn & Suites Invitational All-Tournament Team
  • Texas A&M Class of 2018 Class Stars Award (Athletics)

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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